Table set for Caesars' 5th annual Food & Wine Festival

It’s only late February, but the folks at Caesars have already started booking top stove jockeys for the fifth annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, which takes place July 25-28 at the four Caesars properties (Bally’s Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat).

Already on board are Robert Irvine (“Dinner Impossible”), Rocco DiSpirito (“Now Eat This!”) and The Neelys (“Down Home with The Neelys”). More culinary all-stars will be added to the roster in the days ahead.

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Food Network stars Patrick and Gina Neely are among the all-star chefs already booked for the 5th annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival. Photo:

In addition to presentations by big-time chefs, the festival will feature various events that have proven popular in the past. These include The Grand Market, which event organizers like to hype as a foodie’s bazaar, the gospel brunch and Blues Brews & BBQ, which blends grilling with live blues performances.

New this year is the Beach Soirée, a cocktail party on the sand hosted by Irvine and The Neelys.

Discounted tickets are already on sale for Caesars Total Rewards Card holders. General public pre-sale begins March 1, with full public pre-sale starting March 8.

For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to or

Capriccio taps into tapas

While we’re on the subject of AyCee edibles, be advised that Capriccio, the upscale, ocean-view Italian eatery at Resorts Casino Hotel, has added a tapas menu.

Small-bite fans can sample such munchies as ossobuco sliders, fried calamari, grilled margarita pizza, gnocchi, shrimp scampi fried meatballs with provolone. Prices run between $12 and $15 per dish.
In addition, The Bar at Capriccio is now offering red and white wine flights at $16-$21 per, as well as a selection of Italian beers.

Mum(mer)’s the word

Saturday will seem like New Year’s Day as the best of 2013’s String Bands strut and strum their stuff inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for the annual String Band Show of Shows.

Boardwalk Hall, Boardwalk at Florida Avenue, $35, $31, $25 and $18, 800-736-1420,

Tiesto spins at Sands

Megastar DJ Tiesto heads up Monday’s Club Life College Invasion tour stop at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Also on the electro-dancefest bill are Allure, Quintino, Tommy Trash and Zedd.

Sands Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem, 8 p.m., $45 and $35 (with student ID), 800-745-3000,

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